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Pepsi Smash Should I be embarrassed that the only band in tonight's lineup (Yellowcard? Lloyd Banks? Christina Milian?) that I recognized was The Hives, a group that according to Ryan Seacrest wannabe Nick Zano is "the most influential Swedish import since Ikea"? Oh, really? What about ABBA? Or Ace of Base? Anyway, they do rock, although the lead singer looks like he could be the long-lost love child of Mick Jagger and Beck. (Not such a stretch if you really think about it.)

Come to Papa I'll admit it. I laughed tonight. Actually, it was just a single spontaneous "ha," but believe me, I'm as shocked as you are. I blame part of it on my subconscious — oh, who am I kidding? — make that my overwhelming relief that this was the last of four episodes ordered of this turd of a sitcom. The rest of the blame lies with Steve Carell, who when asked by Dan Lauria read more


Just days after he was pelted with a lollipop during a performance in Norway, David Bowie was forced to cut short a concert in Prague Wednesday after complaining of nerve problems in his shoulder. read more


It looks like NBC was as dismayed by last season's subpar Will & Grace as any fan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock has tapped veteran comedy writers Alex Herschlag and David Flebotte to serve as the sitcom's new showrunners. Friends grad Greg Malins is also coming on board as a co-executive producer. read more


Access Hollywood exec producer Rob Silverstein is reportedly heading to New York next week in search of a suitable replacement for correspondent Billy Bush, who is headed to L.A. to share hosting duties with Nancy O'Dell. Rumor has it yours truly was a top contender until I called O'Dell scary in my Pat O'Brien item last week. I meant scary in a good way. Like, "She's so damn good it's scary." Wasn't that obvious? read more


Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond will perform together for the first time in 23 years at a gala fund-raiser tonight in Los Angeles for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. They'll sing their 1978 hit duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Isn't that what assistants are for? read more


Jessica Simpson scrapped a second concert Wednesday in New Hampshire due to a kidney infection. She's expected to resume her tour Friday in Detroit. Meanwhile, Simpson has now sworn off kidney pie, too. read more

Doug Wilson Trades Up

Although interior designer Doug Wilson is the bad guy of Trading Spaces, he'll don a white hat for his role as host (and de facto grief counselor) of Movin' Up, an in-the-works TLC series in which families revisit their old homes after new owners have redecorated. Is the notoriously touchy character really prepared to get touchy-feely? "I've been in the industry for years, so I've been holding [clients'] hands forever!" he tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "Trading Spaces was really the only forum where I didn't have to hold hands!

"I'm looking forward to being a host," he adds. "I worked hard for four years [on TLC's flagship program], so it's nice to get the pat on the back and the chance to move on, move up and do other things."

That said, when pressed, Wilson admits that not everything he'll be doing in his new capacity will be all that... well, new. "I'm not going to try and stir the pot too m read more


FX's plastic-surgery soap Nip/Tuck kicked off its second season Tuesday with 3.8 million viewers, its most-watched episode ever. TBS's Outback Jack, meanwhile, got off to a decent start with 2.1 million viewers. read more


Mark Burnett's rock riff on American Idol has found a home at CBS. The Eye network has won a bidding war for Rock Star, a reality show in which aspiring rockers compete to become the new lead singer of INXS. The show debuts in summer 2005. read more


Fahrenheit 9/11 is off to a record-breaking start. Michael Moore's anti-Dubya doc sold nearly $80,000 worth of tickets at two New York theaters Wednesday, setting house records at both. The film goes into wide release Friday. read more

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